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Apple Launches Open-Source Framework to Gather Medical Data from Users

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Apple announced ‘ResearchKit’ , an open source framework software to collect medical data from the users to contribute towards medical research and development. Major concentration is to study on diseases like Asthama, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinsons disease, for which apple claims to have collaborated with top American research institutions to develop the iOS apps accordingly.

Apple’s VPO Jeff Williams quoted, ” iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health. With 700 million iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research”. Williams further reasons, “ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways to collect data than ever before”

When granted permission by the user, Research kit apps will collect data from health apps regarding weight, blood pressure, glucose levels and asthma inhaler use, which are measured by third-party devices and apps. The app can also get access to accelerometer, microphone, gyroscope and GPS sensors in iPhone to gain insight about the user, only after the user’s approval.

ResearchKit is set to roll out with Apple products such as Iphone 5,5s,6,6 plus and iPod touch from next month.

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